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Prominent Health Experts Who Support Public Insurance Option Available for Interview
Date:7/13/2009

WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the health reform debate heats up in Congress, the Institute for America's Future today released the names of prominent health care experts and economists available for analysis and interviews. All the experts favor a public health insurance option to compete with private plans, but they are good sources on all developing issues related to the health care debate.

"Conservatives and health industry forces are putting forward their experts to attack the public insurance option," said Diane Archer, director of the Institute for America's Future Health Care Project. "We want to make sure the media has ready access to experts who see the public insurance option as critical to health reform and cost control. These experts don't agree on everything, but they have helped shape key elements of reform -- the public option, affordability, universal coverage, regulation of insurance companies and equal access to good benefits."

Institute for America's Future co-director Roger Hickey said that many of the 33 health experts listed recently published work directly relevant to the current health care debate, citing the following examples: Jacob Hacker, the first to put the public insurance option on the agenda, has an article about what America would look like without it in The New Republic. The Urban Institute's John Holahan and Linda Blumberg released a new report on how a public insurance plan would increase competition and lower costs. The Economic Policy Institute's Elise Gould wrote a new paper on the drawbacks of taxing public i
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